On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1909 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1948 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 KTVA TV channel 11 in Anchorage (CBS) becomes Alaska's 1st TV station

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1960 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball

Film release premierFilm Premier

1967 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, premieres in NYC (Hepburn - Academy Award for Best Actress 1968)

  • 1968 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1978 NBC premiere of "A Woman Called Moses"

Film release premierFilm Premier

1980 "Magnum P.I." starring Tom Selleck premieres on CBS

  • 1985 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC

Film release premierFilm Release

1987 "Wall Street" film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen is released


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1874 Paul Wegener, German actor and director (The Golem, The Student of Prague), born in Arnoldsdorf, West Prussia, Germany (d. 1948)
  • 1895 Eddie Dowling, American actor (Rainbow Man, Anywhere USA), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
  • 1905 Gilbert Roland [Luis Alonso], Mexican actor (Juarez, Barbarosa), born in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago), born in Magenta, Lombardy (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Jean Marais, French actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus), born Cherbourg, Manche, France (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Anna van Beers [Graeve], Dutch actress (A Woman like Eve, Diary of a Hooker), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Marie Windsor [Emily Marie Bertelson], American actress (The Bounty Hunter, Double Deal), born in Marysvale, Utah (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Eddy Firestone, American radio, television, and film actor (Mixed Doubles), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Maila Nurmi [Syrjäniemi], Finnish-American actress (The Vampira Show), born in Gloucester, Massachusetts or Petsamo, Finland (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Dilip Kumar [Muhammad Yusuf Khan], Indian Bollywood actor known as the "Tragedy King" and one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema (Jwar Bhata), born in Peshawar, British India
  • 1923 Betsy Blair [Elizabeth Boger], American actress (Marty, A Double Life), born in Cliffside Park, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Richard Devon, American character actor (Magnum Force, Battle of Blood Island), born in Glendale, California (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuban filmmaker (Muerte de un burócrata), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Jean-Louis Trintignant, French actor and director (Man & a Woman, Z), born in Piolenc, Vaucluse, France
  • 1930 Chus Lampreave [María Jesús Lampreave Pérez], Spanish actress (Volver, Belle Époque), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2016)

Person of interestRita Moreno

1931 Rita Moreno [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 1931 Anne Heywood [Violet Pretty], British actress (The Fox) and "Miss Great Britain (1950), born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England
  • 1932 Wynn Irwin, American actor (Lotsa Luck, Sugar Time), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Femke Boersma, Dutch actress (Verjaring, Pastorale 1943), born in Amsterdam
  • 1935 Ron Carey, American actor (Barney Miller), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Donna Mills, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Lynda Day George, American actress (Casey-Mission Impossible), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1944 Teri Garr, American actress (Mr. Mom, Young Frankenstein), born in Lakewood, Ohio (or 1947)
  • 1947 Tom Fuccello, American actor (Dave-Dallas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1948 Elizabeth Baur, American actress (Fran-Ironside, Teresa-Lancer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1952 Susan Seidelman, American film director (Desperately Seeking Susan), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Bess Armstrong, American actress (Julia-On Our Own, 4 Seasons, Jaws), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1953 Peter Isacksen, American actor (CPO Sharkey, Jessie), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1954 Bradley Bryant, American golfer (US Senior Open 2007), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1954 Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1956 Lani Brockman, American actress and theatre director, born in Seattle
  • 1959 Tina Gayle, American cowboy cheerleader and actress (Kathy-Chips), born in Frankfurt
  • 1960 Rachel Portman, English film composer, born in Haslemere, England
  • 1962 Ben Browder, American actor (Farscape), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1964 Michel Courtemanche, French Canadian comedian (A New Comic is Born), born in Laval, Quebec, Canada
  • 1966 Gary Dourdan, American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Leon Lai, Chinese-born Hong Kong actor and singer, born in Beijing, China
  • 1967 Chris Shepherd, English film director, born in Anfield, Liverpool, England
  • 1974 Rey Mysterio, American professional wrestler, born in Chula Vista, California
  • 1974 Ben Shephard, English TV personality, born in Epping, Essex, United Kingdom
  • 1975 Tomoka Kurotani, Japanese actress, born in Kita-ku, Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1978 Celine Sciamma, French film director (Tomboy), born in Paris, France
  • 1979 Rider Strong, American actor, writer and director (Boy Meets World), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1980 Arya [Jamshad Cethirakath], Indian actor, born in Trikaripur, Kerala
  • 1981 Hamish Blake, Australian comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestYalitza Aparicio

1993 Yalitza Aparicio, Mexican actress (Roma), born in Tlaxiaco, Mexico

Person of interestHailee Steinfeld

1996 Hailee Steinfeld, American actress and singer (True Grit, Pitch Perfect), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress and Singer Hailee Steinfeld
Actress and Singer
Hailee Steinfeld

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1999 Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane marries Rhona Gemmell (separated 2003)

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • 2010 "Good Charlotte" lead vocalist Joel Madden (31) weds fashion designer and actress Nicole Richie (30) at Beverly Hills, California
  • 2010 Actress Joanna Garcia (32) weds New York Yankees` Nick Swisher (31) at Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1964 Percy Kilbride, American actor (Egg & I, Ma & Pa Kettle), dies at 76
  • 1967 Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), dies after illness at 68
  • 1974 Reed Hadley, American actor (Zorro's Fighting Legion, Racket Squad, Shock, Grand Canyon), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 1979 Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • 1981 I. D. du Plessis, South African writer and director (3rd World), dies at 81
  • 1984 George Waggner, director/writer, dies at 90
  • 1986 Paul Keenan, actor (Summer Fantasy), dies at 30
  • 1991 Robert Q. Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), dies at 71
  • 1992 Michael Robbins, British actor and comedian (On the Buses, The Great Muppet Caper), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1993 Eliva "Elvire" Popesco, Romanian/French actress (Le roi), dies at 99
  • 1995 Arthur Mullard, English actor, comedian and singer (Romany Jones), dies at 82
  • 1995 John Heawood, Canadian actor, singer and choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), dies at 75
  • 1995 Robert Shelton [Shapiro], music and film critic, dies at 69
  • 1996 William George Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), dies at 59
  • 2000 David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Ashleigh Aston Moore, Canadian Actress (b. 1981)

Person of interestBettie Page

2008 Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', dies at 85

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • 2008 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • 2017 Keith Chegwin, English television presenter & actor, dies at 60
  • 2019 David Bellamy, English botanist and TV presenter, dies at 86